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Leisure & Enlightenment

ISLANDS & ANTIQUITIES

Poros  Hydra  Spetses   Nafplio 

In the south eastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula lie several precious islands that are favorite week-end getaway spots for Athenians but not so well known to foreign travelers.   That’s about to change with the Islands and Antiquities tour.  Travel during the tour is by sea via high speed boats to the islands and then by land via private vehicle with driver.  (No self-drive option).

DESCRIPTION

The Islands come first.   By high speed ferry you hop from Piraeus (Athens’ port) to Poros to Hydra to Spetses and discover the charms of these Argo Saronic islands. They lie in the southeast of the Peloponnese peninsula which Lonely Planet named the #1 European destination in 2016.

Antiquities come next.    From Spetses you take a short boat ride to the mainland and are transferred by private vehicle to the sites, first stopping at Ancient Epidavros Theatre to experience the largest healing center in the ancient world.   The tour also includes a visit to magnificent Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War.   Option for a private professional guide at each site. See Extras tab

The tour ends with two nights at Napflio, the first capital of modern Greece and the prettiest city in the Peloponnese.

ITINERARY

We can customize this itinerary to suit your travel profile!

Day 1: Poros
Poros is only 1.15 hour’s boat ride from Piraeus but a world away from the bustle of city life.  The island is green and blue — green with aromatic pine and eucalyptus trees in the interior and along the coast, and blue from a pristine sea with sandy beaches and sea sports activities.  Option for Greek Cooking Class – see Extras tab.

Day 2: Poros
If you spent yesterday at the beach, today you must partake in culture by strolling Poros harbor with its pastel 19th century mansions, visiting the weaving center, sipping cafe by the sea.   For active travelers, rent a bicycle and make a loop in stopping at the ruins of the Poseidon sanctuary.  Option for weaving class – see Extras tab.

Day 3: Hydra
A 30 minute boat ride from Poros to Hydra takes you to a thriving artists colony with upscale shops selling local art, jewelry, clothes. Not surprisingly, Hydra is a stylish and elegant island. Hydra lacks a good beach, but has a three hour hike up to the monastery.  This is a car-free, motorcycle-free island.

Day 4: Spetses
A 30 minute boat ride takes you from Hydra to adorable little Spetses, only 15 miles in circumference.  You can rent bikes to pedal the island’s entire perimeter. Half way round you can explore a sea cave where pirates used to hide out. Spetses is known for its almond sweets and fresh fish.

Day 5: Spetses
Beach day at Spetses.  The organized beaches offer umbrellas, lounge chairs, cafes and restaurants and places to change.  The secluded beaches are more adventuresome and romantic but have no amenities.  Definitely eat dinner at the fine fish tavernas on the old harbor.

Day 6:  Nafplio
A ten minute boat ride brings you to the mainland with a private vehicle transfer to Ancient Epidavros. Stand in the stage and those seated in the back row of this 15,000 capacity theatre can hear your whisper, such are the impeccable acoustics of this 3rd century BC landmark.  Option for private archaeology guide — see Extras tab.

Day 7:  Nafplio
Visit Ancient Mycenae and the multiple beehive tombs that never fail to startle visitors with their architecture of geometric precision.  Option for private archaeology guide — see Extras tab.  Spend the rest of the day exploring beautiful Nafplio, its artisan shops, the worry beads stores and be sure to climb the 999 steps to the 17th century Venetian fortress Palamidi.  Option for wine tasting – see Extras tab.

Day 8: departure
Morning — vehicle transfer from Nafplio to central Athens or Athens airport, approximately two hours.

DETAILS

There is no self-drive option for Islands & Antiquities.

TOUR DURATION  7 nights, 8 days, departure on morning of Day 8

START & END POINTS 
Start Point: Tour starts at Piraeus port embarking on a morning boat to Poros island
End Point: Tour ends in Nafplio with a transfer to central Athens or Athens airport.

BOOKING AGREEMENT Participants are required to sign our company Booking Agreement as a condition of the tour.

WAIVER  Participants are required to sign our company Waiver as a condition of the tour.

COST & INCLUSIONS

COST PER PERSON

2 Persons 1975 euros per person
4 Persons 1740 euros per person
6 Persons 1660 euros per person
8 Persons 1620 euros per person
Single Supplement 600 euros

Tour price is based on double occupancy.

Children enjoy a 20% discount.

For currency exchange rates,  click here.

INCLUSIONS

7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels (see Accommodations tab)

Daily breakfast at each hotel.

3 high speed ferry boats, business class (where available): Piraeus to Poros, Poros to Hydra, Hydra to Spetses

3 vehicle transfers:   Day 6, Spetses to Epidavros Theatre to Nafplio.  Day 7, Mycenae.   Day 8,  Nafplio to central Athens or Athens Airport.  Driver waits 1-2 hours while you explore Epidavros Theatre and Mycenae

Luggage transfers at each port to/from hotel

Maps of each destination

Trip packet with useful and interesting information, such as what to see and do, recommended places to eat, packing tips, etc.

Mobile phone with programmed numbers

Gratuities, tips and VAT taxes

EXCLUSIONS

Airfare to/from Greece

Airport transfer from Athens Airport to Athens

Water taxi from Spetses to mainland, 20 euros per group

EXTRAS

Travel Insurance  For U.S. citizens, we are official agents of Travel Guard travel insurance and can book your trip insurance or provide you a policy quote.

Airport transfer   A company driver transfers your party from Athens Airport to your Athens hotel.  170 euros per group for up to 8 passengers.

Athens hotel   We can book your pre- and post-tour accommodations in Athens with a choice of fine hotels we patronize in the Plaka or Psirri neighborhood.

Enhance your tour with these additional activities which we arrange for you with our local collaborators:

Greek Cooking Class on Poros island with Katerina, the remarkable chef of traditional island cuisine.   Learn prep tips and special recipes from this local master, and then eat the fruits of your labor.  100 euros per person for 2-3 persons,  80 euros per person for 4-6 persons.  70 euros per person for 7-8 persons.

Weaving Class on Poros with the only traditional weaver on the island, and perhaps in the Argo Saronic region.   Eleni has several looms and teaches you techniques traditional weavers still use as well as types of wool and yarn.  20 euros per person for one hour session.

Wine Tasting in Nafplio at a “cava” owned by a professional certified oenologist.  Focus is on the famous Nemean wines of the region, including the incomparable agioritiko, affectionaly known as “Blood of Hercules.”  Cost is 15 euros per person.  Includes tasting of 3 reds, 3 whites.  Rusks & cheeses served.  Tasting lasts 1 hour.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Orloff ResortAn indicative hotel for the Islands & Antiquities tour is Orloff Resort hotel in Spetses Island.

We select the accommodations based on quality, comfort, cleanliness, hospitality, location and charm. Most of the hotels on this tour are family owned and operated.

Hotels are included in the tour cost based on double occupancy. A single room entails an additional cost. Standard double rooms are provided but upgrade options are available.

All hotels are dependent on availability. In the event of no occupancy, we patronize comparable accommodations in the same location.

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MAP

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Overnight destinations and points of interest

GROUPS

This tour is also available for groups of more than eight persons. You can take the tour with the itinerary as listed or we can customize the tour’s destinations and activities to suit your party.

A group of eight participants travel in a company vehicle with staff driver who also acts as your guide. A group of 10-16 participants travel in either two company vehicles with staff driver/guides or one mini-coach. Groups larger than 16 participants travel in coaches or mini-coaches, led by a company tour leader who handles all logistics.

We offer innovative tours to large groups attending a congress, conference or corporate event.

See more information on the Groups page.

Contact us directly for price quotes and itineraries for your party’s special stay in Greece.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sight see on Spetses in a horse drawn carriage
  • Shop around the classy shops on Hydra, an artists’ island
  • Stroll the Poros’ long vibrant harbor front
  • Enter King Agamemnon’s beehive tomb at Mycenae
  • Listen to a stage whisper at the ancient Epidavros Theatre

Ancient Mycenae

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